Daily Archives: June 8, 2012

Looking good in the hood

Now that the bent hood has been removed and the freshly painted hood installed, this BMW can once again hold it’s head up with no unsightly creases and folds to be found. After mounting the hood we double, triple check the hood’s safety catch to make sure the car doesn’t come back with another bent hood.

That white origami swan looking thing in the background is a tarp covering another car.

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Rock on

This is Terry’s Honda Civic. The same Terry who owns the El Camino that we are going to be painting after Murphy Rod & Custom finishes with it. Terry was at Murphy Rod & Custom yesterday, looking over his El Camino, when he scraped up the nose of his car turning around in the driveway. You can see the damage in the first photo, along with some of Kelly Murphy’s driveway. To help you orient yourself, you are looking at the bottom right corner of the front bumper.

After discussing the repair with Terry we decided that a blend within repair would be acceptable. Normally I will not perform this type of repair because it is not a good practice and the repair is rarely satisfactory. Terry was very aware of what he was asking for, and because of the location, I decided that it would be an acceptable way to make the repair this time. In the second photo you can see the car masked off and the damaged spot painted.

The last photo shows the spot after the repair has been made. As I said before, I normally won’t make repairs in this manner, but Terry is a very informed consumer and knew what he was asking for.

And we got lucky this time because the repair is very nearly undetectable.

Making dust

Today, we made some dust. We consumed a couple of hours, and a good many pieces of sandpaper, buzzing over Hugh’s Chevelle, making it ready to paint. This sanding step isn’t about body work or correcting imperfections, those problem have already been fixed. This sand is to remove the blocking marks and to smooth the primer so the paint goes on nice and smooth.

The first picture shows Jordan (in black) and I going over the entire car with air powered sanders. These sanders make short work of the big, open panels, like the top and sides. But because they are optimized for quick sanding of large areas, they don’t work at all in the tight places. That means it always comes back to the original Mark I sanders, your hands and fingers, before you are done sanding. You can see me using the Mark I sander in the second photo, smoothing out the corners where the air sander won’t go.

In the last picture you can see yours truly cleaning up after the sanding. You don’t think sanding is a dusty dirty job? If you look closely you will notice a cloud of dust billowing off of me as I use the compressed air to dust myself off.

Pigpen has nothing on me.

The MDX is D.O.N.E.

This Acura MDX has the crash damage repaired and the bumps and bruises fixed. The SUV wasn’t heavily damaged, but this is too nice a rig to drive around with dent in the quarter panel and the bumper bent.

Now all that is required is for the owner to come and take it home.

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